It’s a hallmark of the Orange Farmers Market – the raffle. The big old basket full of produce from all stalls great and small is a coveted possession for regular attendees of the market.
Everyone who attends the market gets a ticket with their gold coin on entry.
Walking around collecting the produce with the traditional white basket is often Ray Fleming, Lynette Bullen and Charlie Fisher.
The trio made their way around the market on Saturday hunting for produce, with jams, meat and more all waiting for their lucky new owner.
We’ll often have people poking around and asking ‘have you drawn the raffle yet?’
Mr Fleming said it was becoming something of an institution of the market.
He also said it was a good chance for stalls to advertise their business.
“It’s always been done, it’s just a way for store holders to promote themselves,” he said.
“We’ll often have people poking around and asking ‘have you drawn the raffle yet?’.
“People love winning it, a lot of people will give you a gift card to bring people back to the market.”
The new president of the Orange Farmers Market wants to try and push towards showcasing the goods of more producers at the fortnightly event.
Mrs Charnock said the markets, which have been running for more than two decades and are a staple on the Orange calendar, are incredibly self-sufficient and in no need of major expansion.
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